THURSDAY IN NMNM: IN THE NAME OF PREMIERES AND SURPRISES
Four races altogether took place at Mountain Bike World Cup event in Nové Město na Moravě on Thusday. And the day brought many suprises as each race was won by a rider who had never been victorious in a World Cup race before.
Quite early in the morning, the series of premire and rather surprising victories was started by Giorgia Marchet of Italy who took the gold in Women U23 category, leaving many much more famous riders behind. Among them was for example Ceylin Alavararo, the cyclocross world champion from the Netherlands. Tereza Tvarůžková finished on the tenth place – an excellent result!
The men’s race in the same category did not have a suprising winner: Tom Pidcock, who also races in cyclocross and on road, was victorious again. Perhaps the only suprise was that Tom preferred mountain bike race over road classics. Czech riders did not manage to achieve any noteworthy result.
However, the greatest surprise of the day was only to happen. The gold in Women Elite category went to Loana Lecomte, a twenty-one-year old French rider, whose attack may have been underestimated a bit by her more experienced opponents… The Czech champion, Jitka Čábelická, had been hoping to finish in the top 20, however, she did not squeeze in, finishing 22nd.
Simon Andreassen of Denmark could hardly hope for a better celebration of his 23rd birthday. His very first start in the Elite category brought him victory. Czech fans hoped in Ondřej Cink to achieve a good result. And though he struggled on the slippery surface of the track, he finished ninth, which is a great result, given the conditions.